The Autumn Carnival hits fever pitch at Caulfield on Saturday when three Group 1 features headline Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Day.
This truly is one of the best days of racing each year and boy, does all of the orange around the Caulfield track look exceptional.
We’ve previewed the entire card and you can find our 2020 Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Day tips below.
The only race without black type status gets us underway on Neds Blue Diamond Day and if it’s not a two-year-old race full of juveniles, it’s almost always one of these middle-distance contests with a bunch of fairish stayers.
Just Benjamin realised his ability and justified his favouritism here three weeks ago and I’ll be happy to back him to go two in a row. The Epaulette gelding was desperately unlucky at his only other start in Australia so far and I think that he’s just the best horse in this field.
This is always an interesting contest and there is a case to be made for several three-year-olds in the Autumn Classic betting market.
She hasn’t been seen at the races since early November, but Miami Bound has the class edge and I think that will take her a long way towards winning. The Danny O’Brien-trained filly recorded a lovely win in the Group 2 Wakeful before backing it up four days later to win the Oaks in spring and she is a proven fresh performer. Drawn well, Oliver aboard, happy to be with her.
Pandemic will take winning form into the Neds Zeditave Stakes and it looks another great opportunity for him to continue his rise through the grades. The Godolphin-trained gelding returned plenty of pleasing efforts in the Spring, but he appears to have returned to the track a far-more furnished prospect this time and beat a BM78 field to the line at Randwick when resuming. He has options from the rails draw and will take beating.
There is a big drive for Aristia to gain a start in this year’s All-Star Mile and for that reason, I think that Matty Ellerton & Simon Zahra will have her revved up for her return in the Mannerism Stakes. The former Oaks winner hasn’t recorded a win for more than a year now, but she has remained competitive in black type company throughout her career and ran second to Melody Belle in the Group 1 Empire Rose most notably in spring. I think that if I’m on the money, the $5 on offer for her at publish is over the odds.
I was impressed with the resuming run of Acting to finish fourth, less than a length and a half behind the talented How Womantic a fortnight ago and this looks a lovely race for her. The Busuttin & Young-trained filly beat a classy field in the Group 2 Tranquil Star at this course and distance most notably in spring before ending her prep fifth in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, and the rise in trip that she gets this weekend will be extremely beneficial. With even luck, I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish again.
This is the first of three Group 1 feature races on Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Day and what an outstanding contest it looks like being.
Kolding, Melody Belle and Super Seth have all accepted and there really is a case to be made for all of them. Make sure you check out our full 2020 Futurity Stakes Tips & Preview RIGHT HERE, before placing your bet.
The Neds C.F Orr Stakes popped our Group 1 cherry a fortnight ago, but there is absolutely no doubt that the Neds Blue Diamond Stakes is the one that we’ve all been waiting for. This is a particularly exciting crop of two-year-olds and there really is a case to be made for more than half Neds Blue Diamond field breaking into the winner’s stall.
Check out our full 2020 Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Tips & Preview RIGHT HERE but in a nutshell, I am particularly keen on the each-way chances of Tagaloa, who looks a lovely bet at around the $19 mark.
The Neds Oakleigh Plate is one of my favourite autumn races and this looks like being another exciting edition of the 1100m dash.
I’ll definitely have something on the resuming Bivouac – his class simply cannot be ignored, but I’ll also be placing an each-way stake of quality fresh mare Pippie. Have a look at all my thoughts at our 2020 Neds Oakleigh Plate Tips & Preview RIGHT HERE.
The Neds Peter Young Stakes looks like being one of the better contests of the day and subsequently, it is a tough way to conclude from a betting perspective.
Harlem typically keeps his best performance for the Australian Cup, but he returned an excellent effort to finish fourth in the Carlyon Cup a fortnight ago and looks the value in Peter Young Stakes betting ($12 at publish). The Champs Elysees gelding is as honest as they come and will enjoy the small rise in trip, jumping from a good gate.